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Turkey detains 49 Daesh suspects said to be planning attacks

Supporters of the "NO" vote campaign shout slogans and they wave Turkish and "NO" flags as they gather in the streets ahead of Sunday's referendum, in Istanbul, Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP)

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s state-run news agency says 49 people with alleged links to the Daesh group have been detained for planning “sensational attacks” in the run-up to Sunday’s referendum on increasing the powers of the president.
The Anadolu news agency reported Saturday that police conducted simultaneous operations in seven Istanbul districts following a tip. Forty-one foreigners are among the detained. Anadolu says the suspects are also connected to the perpetrators of the New Year’s nightclub attack in Istanbul.
Daesh has called for attacks against the referendum in its Arabic and Turkish publications this month, arguing that voting is opposing God and branding Muslim voters as “disbelievers.”
Turkey is holding a referendum on constitutional amendments that would significantly expand the powers of the president.

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